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Let me introduce myself…I’m Twix and I’m about 5 years old.

As you can see from my photo, I’m a gorgeous, ginger boy, looking for a very special family to call my own. I would describe myself a lap cat, any lap is fine, I don’t even need to know you beforehand…I’ll jump up and get comfortable the second you sit down! I also love to play and will happily entertain myself given the right toys, but I prefer it if you play with me.

I been around the block a few times and was quite battered when the charity found me. Living on the streets is tough, fighting for food and territory was quite stressful and when I was found I had very poorly skin. I’m glad to say that this is completely cleared up now and I am taking to life as a house cat very well indeed.

My wounds have healed, my skin is all clear, but there is something that will never go away, something that I hope won’t put you off. Unfortunately tests carried out by the vet confirmed that I was FIV positive.

Now FIV was new to me, so I hit the internet to do some research. Here’s a little of what I found out about FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus):

FIV should NOT be confused with FeLV (Feline Leukaemia) – they are two very different viruses.  They are often mentioned together due to the ‘snap’ tests carried out by vets, but they differ greatly in how they affect a cat, and its expected lifespan.  FeLV is a serious risk to a cat’s health and longevity, whereas FIV is not.

The virus depletes the number of white blood cells, which eventually makes the cat less able to fight off infection.  However, because it is such a slow acting virus many FIV positive cats can enjoy a normal lifespan with no apparent health problems resulting from the virus.

FIV is species specific.  It can only be transmitted from cat to cat, not to humans or other animals.

FIV cats are definitely the most handsome cats.

FIV cats need access to a lap at all times.

Maybe I added the last two points myself……it’s worth a try!

If you’re still reading at this point, that means that my being FIV positive didn’t frighten you away. It really shouldn’t, I’m healthy, happy, require no medication, in fact I require no special treatment at all. The only difference is that I will need to be an indoor only cat, so that I can’t spread the virus and should also be the only cat in the household – more food for me, hoorah! (Alternatively, I can be placed with other FIV positive cats). I’m a very friendly cat who enjoys meeting new people, especially if they stop and give me a stroke, I do love a good fuss.

So do you think you can offer me a special place in your heart and home? If so, I’ll be here waiting to meet you.

 

All our cats are “snap” blood-tested at the Vets for FIV/Felv (the result is negative unless clearly stated.)
All cats have received flea and worming treatment and are micro-chipped and litter-trained.
Adult  cats are neutered and kittens  under 6 months old will need to be neutered by their new owner.
We recommend that all  cats are kept indoors for around 6 – 8 weeks, to bond with their new owner and so that you can vaccinate them.  Kittens should always be kept indoors until neutered and afterwards should be supervised, with only limited access outdoors and never be allowed out at night, as they are vulnerable to many dangers.

If you are interested in Twix, please contact our Adoption Volunteer  on 0115 9985063 after 6pm. This number must not  be used for any other type of enquiry or emergency.  Alternatively you can email this volunteer at admin@aaru.org.uk
We are run entirely by volunteers, we have no office or cattery so please be aware and we will reply ASAP, thank-you.
All adoptions will require a successful homecheck and we don’t rehome on/near busier roads, sorry.
NB.  We are always in urgent need of additional fosterers to help us foster the cats that Animal Accident rescue.
* For more information about our Charity “Animal Accident Rescue Unit,” please visit  www.animalaccident.org.uk